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Jan 10, 2003

Dynamo seek ban on Vashchyuk

KIEV, Jan 10 (Reuters) - Dynamo Kiev want a lengthy ban imposed on their captain Vladislav Vashchyuk after he left the Ukrainian premier division club to sign with Spartak Moscow.

Dynamo issued a statement on Friday saying they have asked the Ukrainian Football Federation (UFF) to suspend the defender after he failed to show up for training on January 4.

Dynamo say Vashchyuk still has a one-and-a-half years left on his current deal and want compensation if he is signed by another club.

But Vashchyuk, who turned 28 last week, said he became a free agent when his contract with Dynamo expired on December 31.

The versatile Ukraine international is currently in Turkey in pre-season training with Spartak after signing a five-year deal with the Russian premier league side.

'We don't see any point in discussing any transfer fees with Dynamo simply because we signed Vashchyuk as a free agent,' a Spartak spokesman told Reuters from Turkey on Friday. 'If they (Dynamo) want they can complain to FIFA or go to court.'

The Vashchyuk saga appears to be the latest development in the tug-of-war between Russia's and Ukraine's two most successful clubs stretching back to the old Soviet days.

Dynamo won a record 13 Soviet league titles between 1961 and 1991 and Spartak were second with 12, but their rivalry took a new twist last month when the Ukrainians tried to lure ex-Spartak teenage striker Dmitry Sychev.

Sychev, Russia's top player at last year's World Cup finals, apparently signed a contract with Dynamo after training with them for a week in December.

But instead, the 19-year-old joined Olympique Marseille after Spartak officials agreed a $3 million transfer with the French premier division club, leaving Dynamo in the cold.

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